Intent of the Proposed Change

  • To better define when, where and under what conditions the Student Code of Conduct applies to students. 
 

Current Policy

P09.02.030

  1. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct that occur on property owned or controlled by the university, or at activities authorized by the university, are subject to university judicial review and disciplinary action by the university.  Student behavior which, were it to occur on property owned or controlled by the university or at activities authorized by the university, would constitute a code violation is subject to disciplinary sanction when the university determines that the behavior would likely have an adverse impact on the health or safety of members of the university community, regardless of where the behavior occurs.  Students who are charged with violations of local, state, or federal laws may be subject to disciplinary action by the university if the offenses are also violations of the code.  University judicial procedures and disciplinary actions are independent of and may precede, follow, or take place simultaneously with criminal proceedings.  University actions will not be subject to challenge on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced.
  2. A student who has been charged with a violation of the code and refuses to participate in the judicial process may be prohibited from re-enrolling in the university until the charges are resolved to the satisfaction of the university.
 

Proposed Revision

  1. The Student Code of Conduct applies to all individual students from the point they are granted admission to the University and as long as they demonstrate a continuing educational interest with the University. The Student Code of Conduct also applies to University-affiliated student organizations. The University retains jurisdiction over students who leave the University prior to the resolution of the conduct process.  As such, if a student leaves the University, the University may still proceed with the conduct process in the student's absence.  A student who has been charged with a violation of the code and refuses to participate in the student conduct process may be prohibited from re-enrolling in the university until the allegations are resolved to the satisfaction of the university.
  2. The Student Code of Conduct applies to behavior that occurs on property owned or controlled by the university, or at activities authorized by the university, are subject to university student conduct review and disciplinary action by the university. The Student Code of Conduct may also apply to behavior that occurs off campus when it may present a danger or threat to the health and safety of others. The Student Code of Conduct may also apply to behavior that occurs online or electronically via email, social media, text messaging, or other electronic means.
  3. There is no time limit on reporting violations of the Student Code of Conduct. However, the more time that passes between the violation and reporting could hinder the investigative process so everyone is encouraged to report violations of the Student Code of Conduct at the time they occur.
  4. Alleged violations of federal, state, or local laws that are also potential violations of the Student Code of Conduct fall within the jurisdiction of the University. The University reserves its right to exercise its authority to pursue disciplinary action independently of the criminal proceedings, if the alleged criminal charges are also violations of the Student Code of Conduct. University actions will not be subject to challenge on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced. University student conduct proceedings may precede, follow, or take place simultaneously with criminal proceedings.